Colleen M. Conway

Professor of Music Education


Colleen Conway is a professor of music education. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Conway’s scholarly interests include instrumental music education, preservice music teacher education, mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers, inservice teacher learning and qualitative research. She has presented at national and international conferences (including NAfME, The Midwest Clinic, AERA, and ISME) and has published more than 110 articles on these topics in all of the major music education journals.

Conway is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Music Teacher Education and the former Editor of Arts Education Policy Review. Books in print include: Great Beginning for Music Teachers: A Guide to Mentoring and Induction (2003, Rowman & Littlefield); Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher (2006, GIA); Teaching Music in Higher Education (2009, 2020 Oxford); Handbook for the Music Mentor (2010, GIA); Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014, 2020 Oxford); Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (2015, 2024 GIA); the Oxford Handbook on Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States (2019), Oxford) and Private Music Lessons: A Manual for Teachers (2019, Conway Publications).

Conway plays horn in the Adrian Symphony and lives in Tecumseh, Michigan with her husband, Dr. Thomas Hodgman. Tom is the Production Editor for Conway Publications. She has two children. Sarah Hodgman is PhD student in sociology at Brown, and an early childhood music teacher and fitness instructor. Tommy Hodgman is a jazz trombonist who is graduating from Michigan in 2024 with a BFA in jazz studies and a BM in music education.

Updated on: 1/15/2024